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Monthly Newsletter 5.6

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June 2011

Behind Enemy Lines H e was considered to be the king of witches, feared in his community and beyond. Reportedly he didn’t need a machete or club to kill or paralyze someone; with a point of his finger and a few words he could finish an unsuspecting victim. He was also a fortuneteller. When Alois, a church planter from Congo Frontline Missions, first arrived at the village of Mengwe three years ago, the elderly witch was kind to him

and listened to his teachings. However, Satan’s grip on him was strong. His business as a witch gave him money and honor, and he was chairman of the witches’ meetings in his area. It took three years before he could say “Yes” to Jesus and “Goodbye” to Satan. The Holy Spirit worked through the CFM team, and he was recently baptized. His testimony shows God’s power, even behind enemy lines.p

Gifts in Use by Keith Mosier, Congo Frontline Missions President

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ue to poverty and the after effects of war in Democratic Republic of Congo, donations are our lifeline here. There is simply no money. Currently, donations are used to support church planters (we have 58 of them), run our evangelism training school, build new churches, start our new radio station, drill wells in villages, provide Bibles for new members, and open churches and schools among the Pygmies. We really believe God has blessed the funds sent thus far. One and a half years ago, there was no campus here. Now we have a beautiful campus and have trained 215 laymen to win souls. We have started more than 60 new congregations. By God’s grace we are also doing work in 30 Pygmy camps, and the radio station

is almost ready to go on the air. We can only praise God for what He has done up to now. Few countries in the world are in a more pathetic situation than Congo. Thank you so much for your donations that enable the gospel to reach these people who have suffered so much in recent times and remain in desperate need of hope. p Keith and Tammy Mosier are leading the Congo Frontline Missions team in DRC.

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At 91, this former witch gave his life to God through the work of Congo Frontline Missions Bible workers.


EDITOR’S thoughts

Touching Lives OCI donors come from diverse backgrounds and locations; some have a direct connection to an OCI ministry and others just have a passion for missions.

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donate to an OCI ministry because I love Jesus and because the ministry is doing His work. I am also personally acquainted with the team at Congo Frontline Missions. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than the ability to contact people and to spread the gospel. My wife and I feel that as part of the body of Christ, every time we touch somebody’s life through Him, we hear God talking to us. I would recommend for others to put it before the Lord before donating. If God impresses them to give, they will not find any greater happiness on this earth than being involved in His work.p

-Leon & Jan Gottberg, California OCI has more than 80 member ministries worldwide. Each ministry faces unique challenges, yet all strive to fulfill the same goal: to share Christ’s love with others. Your gifts are appreciated, and one hundred percent of donations go to the designated OCI ministry. outpostcenters.org/ getinvolved/donate

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e first heard about OCI at an ASI Convention. We had known Viriato Ferreira, president of VitaSalus, since he was 10 years old in Angola. We spent 19 years as missionaries in Africa. My thrill was in discovering that I could contribute to the work in Portugal through OCI. The largest satisfaction in donating is actually seeing the work that is progressing in Portugal and even to visit there to help out. There is a wonderful blessing in giving to something that you know you will be a part of, and if possible, seeing pictures or visiting is unsurpassed. Here at home we have so much and when we see the needs of others, especially overseas, we realize how blessed we are and that we can share some of that blessing with folks who really need it. The money through your organization is blessed over and over again. It seems that it stretches out to meet so many needs. What we might spend on a family meal at a restaurant here in the States would be a whole month’s salary in another country. As a missionary, you learn to make do with the little that you have, but oh, the joy you have when that little extra is received cannot be put in words.p

-Leona Parsons, Florida

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Your Connection to Missions Worldwide newsletter is published monthly by Outpost Centers International. Please send all changes of address to: Your Connection, 5340 Layton Lane, Apison, TN 37302. Please include the old address along with the new. Tel: 423-236-5600. Fax: 423-236-5650. E-mail: connection@outpostcenters.org

Give and Forget

As a journalist I have an obsession for good quotes. I sat in an office recently and noticed a neatly written statement on a whiteboard, “Give and never remember, receive and never forget.” How often do we do the opposite? I had a tender heart as a child. I remember shoving parts of my allowance into donation jars in the grocery store and feeling giddy about homemade gifts.Yet as I grew older, I found that my girlish delight disappeared and I began to question people’s motives, as well as my own. It’s not always easy to share, whether the gift is money or time. A true gift often comes with sacrifice. Despite a selfish human nature, we can receive joy through giving. “. . . remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35, NIV). Whatever and to whomever you give, don’t take notes: give and forget. The greatest blessing is in the act, not the reaction.

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June 2011